Monday, December 10, 2012

Minnesota's North Shore

Saturday morning we hopped in the truck bound for Grand Marais, Minnesota. Past the border and into Cook County we drove. 
-The lighthouse at the edge of the bay into Grand Marais-
Joynes Department Store stares across the street into the bay that links the town with Lake Superior. The store has been a family run business for over 70 years and it remains a true classic selling wares for those who work and play in the demanding wilderness that surrounds the area. The store carries Filson, Stormy KromerBig BillCarhartt and Johnson Woolen Mills just to name my favourites, and also has a good amount of old stock that has generously been marked down.
As Gordon Lightfoot once said 
"The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
 When the skies of November turn gloomy."
The Gunflint Ranger Station services the most North Eastern part of the Superior National Forest.
Sorry to wake you up from your nap. -Curled up in a sunny spot
We stopped for a while to walk the shoreline along Highway 61. I could spend hours skipping rocks into the frigged Superior waters. Mid swing in my Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser and Wool Cuff Cap.
A thin layer of ice formed at the edge of the rocky beach. With a rock or two in our pockets, we headed back to the truck rosy cheeked.
Before heading back over the border we made a stop at the scenic lookout that allows you this amazing view of Wauswaugoning Bay.

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